Higuain’s Arsenal move edges closer

Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Arsenal continues to edge closer after the striker held a fresh round of negotiations with Arsene Wenger, according to The Mirror.

The paper also claims that Higuain is “easier to get than Rooney, younger than Villa and higher up the shopping list than Jovetic.”

It is believed that the deal could cost the Gunners around the £20m mark, but the Real Madrid hitman is free to leave the Bernabeu after president Florentino Perez confirmed his stance.

Wenger is thought to have met Higuain and his father Jorge, who is also his agent, to discuss a potential transfer to the Emirates this summer.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis earlier this week spelled out the club’s intentions by declaring a large war kitty available for Wenger in a bid to end the North Londoner’s eight-year trophy drought, and Higuain is thought to be among the top names on the shopping list.

The 25-year-old also admitted interest in the potential move, saying: “Arsenal? They would suit me. I’m still young and I have goals.”

Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are also believed to be interested in the Argentina star.

The Gunners are still interested in Barcelona striker David Villa, but Higuain is six years his junior, and consequently the club consider him more of a long-term signing that the Spain legend.

It is also believed his £130k per week wages at Real would not pose a huge problem to Wenger’s men, and his father said: “Madrid will want to sell. Juventus or Arsenal? I guess he has spoken with them.

“The clubs first have to talk to Madrid and in direct negotiation. Higuain currently has three years left on his contract.”

Man City tried to lure Higuain to the Premier League last season, but were unable to get the deal done. Wenger wants to launch an assault on the Premier League title challenge this season, and sees the striker’s goals as key to landing the first piece of silverware at the club in eight years.

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